- Alternate Character Interpretation: Is Buddy a legitimate Jerkass Woobie who became so horrible because of losing his wife, or was he lying about that as well? Given how good of a Consummate Liar and Manipulative Bastard he is, he could've easily spun a sob story to win Guy's sympathy.
- Harsher in Hindsight: After he received numerous allegations of sexual misconduct towards young men, it's more than a little awkward to see Kevin Spacey playing a man who openly abuses his position for sexual favors and essentially spends the movie preying on a younger man. Although it could be equally gratifying to see him endure prolongued torture from said employee.
- Jerkass Woobie: You could make cases for Guy, Buddy and Dawn being this
- Moral Event Horizon: Guy crosses this when he kills Dawn and Buddy helps him cover up the deed.
- Retroactive Recognition: Rex is played by a young Benicio Deltoro in one of earliest film roles.
- The Woobie: Guy, at least during the first half of the film.
YMMV / Swimming with Sharks